As CI Readers know, Instagram trolls were all over Coco Austin, the wife of Ice-T for her choice of hairstyle. Ice-T’s longtime partner was rocking braids, a form of fashion that is usually considered to be of African origin.
The trolls have been pursuing her relentlessly, so the star finally addressed them personally.
And what are they upset about exactly?
It’s an issue of cultural appropriation according to her critics.
The problem is that Coco chose to name the hairstyle after herself.
However, Coco claims she calls every one of her hairstyles after her in some unique way, it’s just her thing.
Check out her Instagram videos below:
In case you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, the issue of cultural appropriation has become a trending topic.
A woman who worked as a Yoga instructor at the University Of Ottawa was forced to resign because she was white.
Her critics claimed that only people of Indian descent should be able to teach the tradition.
The idea is that a dominant culture takes the culture of a minority group and misuses the tradition or practice and the original meaning is often lost.
Some people find it insulting, while others claim they are punished for their culture, while the dominant culture is embraced for trying out other traditions, as it’s seen as “exotic.”
In the video’s she can be heard saying, “Why can’t we all rename hairstyles or braids? That seems so stupid. Why is everybody claiming something they shouldn’t? I know braids have been around for thousands of years. Don’t you think I know that?”
“If I want to wear a pineapple on my head, then I should be able to wear a pineapple on my head and call it the Pineapple Cocowop. I don’t know. You see where I’m going with this? Why is everybody hating?”